When it comes to foster care, stereotypes, misconceptions and unspeakable stories abound.
“Foster care gets a bad rap,” acknowledges Georganna Sedlar, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at the Foster Care Clinic at Harborview Medical Center, which is set up to provide integrated medical and psychological assessments tailored to the needs of children in the foster care system. “But there are lots of amazing foster families out there, families doing a lot of good things for kids.”
And more amazing foster families are needed. There are 10,000 kids in foster care in Washington state and over 400,000 nationally. The demand has been on the rise for years, largely due to a combination of decreased state funding and increasing numbers of parents falling prey to opioid addiction and unable to properly care for their children.
Foster kids can teach you a thing or two about resilience
Given the traumas, upheavals and instability foster children have endured, it’s not surprising that they might sometimes behave in ways that aren’t perfect. While it’s true that some will continue to struggle throughout their lives, many kids who have been in the foster care system go on to be well-adjusted, successful adults.